Northeast - NJ Out of Compliance with the Interstate FMP for Atlantic Coastal Sharks

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Almarktool
02-17-2010, 04:43 PM
The following is a news release from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission:

ASMFC Finds New Jersey Out of Compliance with the Interstate FMP for
Atlantic Coastal Sharks
Noncompliance Finding Forwarded to the Secretaries of Commerce and the
Interior

Last week at its Winter Meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
found the State of New Jersey out of compliance with the mandatory management
measures contained in the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic
Coastal Sharks. The Commission has notified the Secretaries of Commerce and the
Interior of its finding. This action was taken pursuant to the provisions of the
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act of 1993.

The State of New Jersey has not implemented the regulations of the Interstate
FMP for Atlantic Coastal Sharks. The implementation of these regulations is
necessary to rebuild depleted shark stocks, ensure sustainable harvest of
others, and provide protection for sharks in state nursing and pupping grounds.
The Technical Committee has identified Delaware Bay as one of the most important
nursing grounds for depleted
sandbar sharks on the Atlantic Coast. Included in the 22 commercial and
recreational regulations in the FMP is a seasonal closure from Virginia north
through New Jersey to protect pupping sandbar sharks.

In order to come back into compliance the State of New Jersey must implement all
measures contained in the FMP. Upon notification by the Commission, the
Secretary of Commerce has 30 days to review the recommendation and determine
appropriate action, which may include a federal moratorium on fishing for all 40
species of coastal sharks managed under the FMP in New Jersey's state waters.
For more information, please contact Robert Beal, Director, Interstate Fisheries
Management Program, at (202) 289-6400.
*************************
Tina Berger
Public Affairs Specialist
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1444 I Street. NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202)289-6400
FAX: (202)289-6051
Email: tberger@asmfc.org
www.asmfc.org


LI32
02-18-2010, 05:20 AM
That's good for us in NY, it means smaller crowds on the 20 & 30 fathom western pieces this season. If you guy's in NJ weren't so greedy, and would just agree to keep one pelagic shark, you wouldn't be out of compliance.

tommymo
02-18-2010, 07:01 AM
I agree I don't understand the 2 shark limit. Looks like I will be trailering to NY this year to get into some toothy critters.




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